PROTECTING FARM LAND... Australian Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire and Australian Conservatives candidate for Narungga Rebecca Hewett hope to ban mining on prime farming land. PROTECTING FARM LAND... Australian Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire and Australian Conservatives candidate for Narungga Rebecca Hewett hope to ban mining on prime farming land.

EXCLUSIVE: Conservatives push for mining ban on ag land

THE Australian Conserv­atives party is pushing to ban mining in South Australian farming and grazing areas.

Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire said the party will move amendments to zone out arable farming land to protect it from mining practices  when the new mining act comes to parliament next term.

“Whilst Australian Con­servatives support both agriculture and mining, most of the significant mining deposits are outside of the five per cent of arable farming land that exists in SA,” he said.

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